Millwall’s experienced centre-half Danny Shittu has been ruled out for the rest of the season after the club’s physio revealed he may not be fit until May.
The 33-year-old Nigeria international suffered an Achilles injury during the recent 1-0 win at Derby.
Lions physio Bobby Bacic told the club website: “Danny will effectively be ruled out for the rest of the season.
“There are only just over six weeks of the season left and by the time Danny is due to recover from his Achilles injury he will be short of match fitness.
“He is currently in a protective boot for another three weeks so he is limited in the football-specific fitness work he can do, and even when he comes out of the boot he will be doing low level loading for the following two weeks.”
The defender, meanwhile, has urged the Football Association to introduce regular heart screenings for professional footballers.
Ex-Lions youngster Tobi Alabi has set up the Heart4More Foundation since being forced to retire last year and Shittu is backing his former teammate’s campaign.
“It is very important and the governing bodies need to make it happen because it’s not something the players will do by themselves.”
Too many footballers are needlessly dying,” Shittu said.